Little did I know, that just days after praying that prayer and dedicating my life to God’s perfect plan, that everything as I knew it was about to change.

We, my family that is, went to church every time the doors were open. Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night and any other time we could squeeze in. There was one particular Wednesday night, just a few days after my prayer of dedication, that I showed up to Wednesday night church as usual, walked in the front doors as usual and then headed off to the choir loft for choir practice as usual. Just another day in my carefree life…or so I thought.

You see, what I didn’t know back then was, when you genuinely give all that you have and all that you are to Him, the Creator of the Universe and the Forgiver of our sins, things begin to move and change rather quickly. For the better.

As I walked up on the platform and into the choir loft, I made my way to my usual spot beside Ginger. She was the pastors daughter and a fellow alto. When I started singing in the choir the year before, Ginger immediately took me under her wing and showed me the ropes. I knew nothing about reading music, following music or how to follow a director. I didn’t even know what range I was. But Ginger declared me an alto, which meant I got to sit by her…so…I became an alto. Just like that.

As soon I got to my seat and plopped my stuff down, she and I began our usual chatter. Talking about our day, our week and any other things that were chatter worthy. In our conversation she mentioned that she would be leaving in a few weeks for CBC. I had never heard of this so I asked, “what’s CBC?” “well”, she said, “it’s an Assembly of God Bible College in Springfield Missouri. It’s where you go to prepare for ministry. It’s going to be so much fun. And it is so beautiful up there…it’s right at the foot of the Ozarks! You should go with me!”

What? Ok…15 seconds ago I didn’t even know what a bible college was and now she was asking me to go with her?!

“You want ME to go?”, I said. “Sure!” she said with her big brown doe eyes and wide smile, “it’s gonna be a blast…you should go with me and be my roommate!” My head was spinning. My heart was pounding and then I suddenly remembered my promise ‘anywhere Lord, anytime, I will go’. Then something happened that I can’t explain…I said, “ok! When do we leave?”

And just like that, I was college bound.

To be continued…